What We Love
- A majestic 14th-century castle in northern England, with breakfast and cream tea Soaking up the castle’s original 14th-century features
- Enjoying Beautiful views over the stunning Northumbrian Valley
- Savoring locally sourced produce and excellent cuisine at the hotel’s restaurant
What To Know
- Stop by Josephine's—the hotel's 2 AA Rosettes award-winning restaurant—for seasonal, regional cuisine
- Free WiFi works really well
- Complimentary onsite parking is available
A beautiful 14th-century castle, this stunning hotel is located within 12 acres of woodland estate and dates back to 1350. Originally built during the reign of Edward III, Langley Castle retains many of its authentic features and showcases rolling views over the Northumbrian Valley of the South Tyne.
Expect original stone walls and beautifully prepared cuisine served in Langley Castle’s characterful fine-dining restaurant. For a quintessentially regal experience, guests can also relax in the period-style Drawing Room, featuring stained glass windows, a high beamed ceiling, and a roaring log fire for the winter months. Alongside bagging a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, the hotel is a Gold Award Winner of Small Hotel of the Year at the 2014 North East England Tourism Awards.
How to Get There
We stayed here for a week. The room was good, quite spacious, with a sitting area including a large (rather well-worn) sofa and an arm chair, and large French windows looking over the grounds, with its resident peacocks. Large comfortable double bed and a good wardrobe for storing clothes. The room was air-conditioned, which helped, as it got quite warm in the afternoons, with the sun streaming through the French windows. It could have been so much better, though! Housekeeping was poor – there was mould in the bathroom, around the washbasin and the shower, and the shower head was encrusted with mould and scale, looking as if it had never been cleaned. I had to ask twice for two dead ceiling light bulbs to be replaced. This is something housekeeping should check on daily, not leave it up to guests to report failures. We also had to ask for more toilet paper and fresh face flannels, because these weren’t replaced automatically.
The restaurant was a mixed bag. Breakfasts were good, with a wide choice of freshly-prepared hot dishes including the usual fare of sausages, eggs, bacon, mushrooms, beans, etc., excellent kippers, eggs benedict, omelettes, smoked haddock, etc., and the usual buffet with cereals and a small selection of (processed) cheese, cooked meats and smoked fish. Fresh fruit salad comprizing almost exclusively water melon, with the occasional blueberry if you were lucky, wasn’t good, though. Coffee and toast were brought to the table, and little pots of good butter were provided, better than those tiny foil-wrapped things! Dinner was another story, however. We’d booked dinner, bed and breakfast for a week, and on the second day discovered that their very limited menu did not change, ever. The same choice of 4 starters (including beef tartare – I wonder how many takers there are for raw meat these days, so effectively only 3 choices, including 1 vegetarian), 4 choices for the main course, including 1 vegetarian (both vegetarian starter and main were based on mushrooms, so not much choice there, either!). There were just 3 desserts, again the same every day, with cheese offered at a very hefty supplement There were also 2 extra steak dishes available, again for considerable additional supplements! The hotel’s web site shows a “sample” dinner menu; and that is the one that’s offered every night of the week, week in, week out! It does not change. What there was, was OK, nothing special, but the fact that it so limited and didn’t ever change was very, very poor. We complained, and they agreed to cook an extra dish for us each day – we were given a choice of one extra dish the day before – so the kitchen can clearly cook various dishes. But what sort of restaurant serves the same limited menu day in, day out, with no changes? One that clearly caters just for one-night stands, I guess.
On one evening, the hotel was overrun by a coachload of visitors from another country who swarmed everywhere taking selfies, even in the restaurant (they dined in an annex, but came out through the main restaurant armed with their cameras and phones!). That night, service in the restaurant took over 3 hours, so the kitchen clearly couldn’t cope. And when I raised a query before we arrived, the first question I was asked was – was I a Groupon customer? No, I paid full price through your own web site!!! So four stars and it mostly caters for groups on one-night stands, it seems.
We were offered a daily newspaper. This was delivered to the door on just 2 out of 7 mornings, every other time we had to hope one was still left at reception! A note to the manager – if you make promises, then try to keep them! Everything was just so hit-and-miss here.
This was supposed to be a bit of a treat, staying and dining in a 14th century castle, but which sadly turned out to be a big disappointment.
Stayed on a Saturday night in a Castleview room with evening meal and breakfast next day. On arrival the castle looked really impressive and on entering was as impressive on the inside. Receptionist was friendly and soon had us to our room with a quick 2 minute walk. Room was large and in keeping with the castle theme, very clean and plenty of amenities. We had Pre drinks and nibbles before having a 3 course meal which was was superb. Breakfast was also really nice. Now for the small let down. On entering our room we noticed we had about 3 wasps in our room, the windows were all closed so they couldn’t of got in through them after killing the wasps I noticed about 4 or 5 dead wasps on the patio doors sill, as we were unpacking and finally getting comfortable in our room out comes another wasp then after this happened for about an hour we phoned reception to be told keep your windows and door closed and it would be ok. Before we went out at 6:45 I must of killed 15 to 20 wasps. When we went up for our meal I informed the reception who told me they had had complaints from next door and yesterday had had a bug exterminator but he couldn’t find a wasp nest. When we got back about 11 we had no more problems till we woke with the same again in the morning while getting ready for breakfast I must of killed another half a dozen. After breakfast we went back to the room to find even more flying around so we packed our case and went to reception to check out. The receptionist was talking to a cleaner who on hearing what we said also said it’s terrible our room when she’s cleaning it with wasps. Why are the putting people in a room with wasps in. What would of happened if one of us had been stung even worse allergic to them. Not good service.
Langley Castle was wonderful in every way. The castle and grounds are gorgeous- with thick stone walls, stain glass windows, fourposter beds, red velvet curtains, and a spa-like bathroom, it's a Princess dream come true! Although I believe you can book a modern-looking room if you don't want the tradition castle feel. The free breakfast was very generous and the staff was extremely courteous as well. We loved every minute.